Bruno Kaufmann has this analysis in Swissinfo.ch. Here is an excerpt:
“This was not simply a defeat, but a downright destruction of the work of the constitutional convention,” says David Altman. For Altman, who directs the Institute of Political Science at the Catholic University in the Chilean capital Santiago, “the proposed constitution was a very badly drafted text”.
Indeed, after years of struggle and debate, there was little doubt how the majority of the 15 million eligible Chileans would vote in the referendum held on September 4. While the often highly engaged Chileans abroad opted for ‘Apruebo’ (‘approve’) by more than 60% – in Switzerland the approval rate was 69% – voters at home said ‘Rechazo’ (‘reject’) by almost 62%.
A different kind of vote
As soon as the 388-article, 170-page text was published in March, opinion polls indicated that most Chileans would reject the document in the popular – and compulsory – ballot.
Read the full article here.